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New England Generosity: Not Enough?

John Alves, of Dartmouth, Mass., uses a basket while taking collection during Mass at St. John the Baptist Church in New Bedford, Mass. in 2009. (AP)

John Alves, of Dartmouth, Mass., uses a basket while taking collection during Mass at St. John the Baptist Church in New Bedford, Mass. in 2009. (AP)

Red states are more generous than blue states. That’s one of the headlines out of a recent report from the Chronicle of Philanthropy. The study ranked states, counties, even zip codes by how residents give to charities and found the New England region at the bottom of the list.

The Chronicle of Philanthropy says that tax breaks, politics, faith and even the make up of our neighborhoods contributes to giving patterns across the country, but some commentators are calling residents of our region just plain stingy.

So what’s behind these numbers? How do Massachusetts residents give to the causes they care about?

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